The Secrets of Art - Uncovering the mysteries and messages of great works of art presents well-known works of art that reveal untold stories, hidden meanings and surprising revelations hidden beneath the surface.
A long-lost medieval masterpiece excavated in the Tower of London. A secret message that only a few specialists can read, encoded in a painting. A glimpse of a ghost image beneath the surface of a portrait. A book full of surprises, discoveries, forgotten treasures and lost tales, The Secrets of Art takes the reader on a journey through the mysteries of the art world to reveal that works of art are not always what they seem.
The fascinating stories of these works, and many more, are brought to life by author, historian and art detective Debra N. Mancoff. She reveals secret symbols used by Leonardo da Vinci, Vermeer and Caravaggio, multiple layers of meaning in paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso and Dali, and she gives insight into works by Frida Kahlo, Kara Walker and Marina Abramović.
Based on the results of advanced technology, new research, scientific analysis and general curiosity, The Secrets of Art thus reveals several layers of meaning beneath the surfaces of some of art history's great works.
Dimensions: 19.7 x 25.4 cm, hardback
Author: Debra N. Mancoff
Publisher: Frances Lincoln